Erin Davidson, Founder/Coach
Erin came to CrossFit from a lifetime of mostly mediocre sport-like activity. This background meant that she could sprint everywhere and run nowhere, squat everything but do no pull-ups whatsoever in the year 2008. She also did not start out as lean as she looks today – and she’s ok with that! Let it suffice to say, things are not the same anymore and CrossFit has made all the difference (before and after time from early 2010). Not surprisingly, because of Erin’s humble beginnings, she especially enjoys working with injured, rehabbing, and slightly intimidated populations.
Her interest in becoming a CrossFit coach and opening a CrossFit gym began in a fascination with her favorite subjects as a graduate student: Anatomy, Physics, and People. Though the business part is missing from her education, she credits her first 20 members and friends, the CrossFit community, and her accountant with teaching her almost everything she needed to know to get a business running in the middle of a recession. She loves Philadelphia and being a part of 13th Street, and cannot wait to see what the next few years hold for CrossFit Center City.
What is CrossFit? Elite fitness for everyone: a way to bring the merits of what every athlete knows as the moment when you surpass your own expectations of yourself to as many people in as many places and as many circumstances as possible, a way to experience your best.
Most memorable CrossFit moment: There are way too many: staring at the CrossFit Games Regionals Competition in 2009 and being incredibly intimidated but also intrigued… and then placing 13th in 2010. The first time I weighed a full 20lbs. less than I used to… and I wasn’t even paying attention. Every first muscle-up or first pull-up at the gym EVER. The first time I had to add up over 500lbs. on a barbell for a guy. The first time I could do Isabel. The first time I cleaned my bodyweight on a barbell.
Goals for my own training: Win something. Ha. Like, actually take first place…I’m slowly but surely getting closer – also, compete in an Olympic Lifting meet of some kind, snatch my bodyweight, deadlift 2x bodyweight, walk 50ft. on my hands, and (this is way too broad and I’m refining it) but run a better mile.
Edit, as of Summer 2011: Placed 1st in York, PA Olympic Weightlifting Competition, Snatched bodyweight.
Hobbies outside of training: Sangin’, Piano, Guitar, Making and Tasting great food, Reading, RadioLab or anything else Radio-related, Travelling to places where I can speak a little of the language at least and trying not to think about CrossFit (it’s ALL I think about).
- CrossFit Level 1 Certification
- CrossFit Endurance Certification
- First Aid/CPR
- 6 years of CrossFit Coaching Experience
- Crossfit Movement and Mobility Certification
- CrossFit Football Certification
- Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli
- Training and Treating the Shoulder with Eric Cressey and Mike Reinold
Erin currently coaches:
Competitive CrossFit, Olympic Lifting, Elements, Accelerate
Personal Training with Erin:
$100/hour – please inquire about availability by emailing email@example.com.